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Four critical ingredients for holiday office parties

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Fun company outing

Fun for adults

What will you do to add value to your events this year? With the holiday season just around the corner special event planners’ stress levels begin to elevate as they begin to plan their yearly holiday office parties. Have you put together an event that you thought had all the components necessary to be successful only to find out it fell short in the eyes of the attendees? Why do so many events rarely hit the mark, and what are the key ingredients that might be missing from your events?

Whether you are an internal or external event planner, you need to provide exciting, engaging and successful events for your “groups.” When you do this, they will be satisfied, have fun and want to do it again. Having put together our fair share of successful company outings, here are four key ingredients that we at Group Dynamix feel are critical in order to conduct an appealing event:

Ingredient #1- Participation. Although bowling/bar events can be fun, they fail to engage the whole team. Events that encourage and provide a context for 100% participation are more successful.

Ingredient #2- Facilitation. Events that are facilitated and orchestrated to bring about a positive outcomes are going to have a longer lasting positive impact on your companies team.

Ingredient #3- Connectedness. Every individual wants to be part of something greater than themselves and do not want to feel like they are on an island. Relationships are critical to individuals. Interactive events provide a powerful context for individuals to connect through strategically planned activities.

Ingredient #4- Fun. At the end of the day if the group does not have fun, they will be far more skeptical of any future outings. This is the main ingredient to every successful event.

Challenge and outcomes: Understanding interactive events can help you provide powerful and successful events for your groups. By allowing them to succeed, you will succeed. You will provide an exciting venue that compels them to come back for more.

An Amazing Journey With Advancial

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The place- The brand new Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. The people – 160 Advancial employees.  The Event – A Group Dynamix Amazing Journey.

As guests check into the Omni Hotel on January 15th, their curiosity is  peeked by waves of laugher and cheers heard sporadically throughout corridors of this lavish hotel. Their curiosity turns to amusement as they see gaggles of green-shirted Advancial employees hurrying  to various destinations  throughout the hotel seeking clues or performing tasks before moving onto their next destination.

Advancial, who was voted one of “Best Companies To Work For” by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal and Texas Monthly, prides itself on creating a great work environment. According to Brent Sheffield( Advancial President & CEO), they try not to take their work too seriously and have  fun, and “having fun starts from  the top down. ” As an example of their fun culture,  during a circus event, Brent dressed as a circus ring leader and handed out animal crackers to employees around their office according to Heather Stalling, Business Relations Officer at Advancial. “The Leadership Team is always doing something fun to promote company activities and never ceases to wow us!”

So when they wanted to “wow” their employees again, they turned to Group Dynamix.  Their stated goal was to bring individuals  together whose primary interaction is over the phone. They didn’t know each other or have any shared experiences. They really wanted to build bonds that make their ties stronger so that at the end of the day shared an experience that lasts a lifetime.

At the end of the event,  some of the Advancial employees were asked to share their thoughts of their Amazing Race.  Here are some of their comments.   ”This was an amazing event.” ” We want to do it next year.” “If I was going to build an event I would not change a thing.” So was GDX successful? In the words of Brent “When  someone has nothing they can criticize you  on than that is pretty special!”

During the post event interview, Brent stated, ” When we did this event, we looked at a number of companies to outsource to. GDX stood out head and shoulders above all the groups we talked to. They really matched our kind of corporate culture.”

April Teaming Tip: Scream

Monday, April 9th, 2012

How it’s played? Scream is a GDX twist on the game ”Look Up-Look Down” Make a circle of 6 to 12 players, all standing very close to each other. Each circle will have a player that will be the “caller.” This player will start the game by saying , “Look Down!” Each player lowers his or her head and looks down at the floor. When the caller says ” Look Up,” all the players must raise their heads and look directly at another players in their circle. This is where the GDX variation comes in. If any two players are looking at each other, they engage in a scream-off to see who is out of the game. The player who screams the longest stays in the circle while the other backs away from the circle, the circle closes up and the commands are given again. Players continue to dropout until there are only one player left.

Write up source: Mike Spiller; Games of the World

Muk-Chi-Ba

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This unique “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game is played using the feet to form the rock, paper, and scissors.  Two players face each other to play.  They say Muk-Chi-Ba and jump into the air on “Ba!”  If a player lands with his feet together, he has played “Rock”.  If he lands with his feet apart, he has played “Paper”.  If he lands with one foot in front of the other, he has played “Scissors”.  The players can jump as high as possible and wait until the last moment to move their feet into landing position. 

Variation:  When you lose, instead of just being out, you become the cheering committee for whoever has beaten you.  If they lose, then you go with that winner and cheer for them.  This continues until eventually one person has the whole group cheering for them!

I need buns tag

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

How you play?
Start the game with a leader choosing someone to be “It”. The “It” in this game are the “Hot Dog Makers.” If an “IT” tags another player during this game, the tagged player will lie down on his/her back and begin to yell, “I need buns!” This player can be save by two other free players sliding in next to the tagged player and all three need to sing the first verse of the Oscar Meyer Song. “Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Winner – that is what I’d really like to be – FREE!” On the word FREE, all three players can stand-up as free players and continue the game. If an “IT” is close-by, the players are safe as long as they are down and singing. Play for a few minutes and then applaud the “It’s” for keeping the group moving and then select other “Hot Dog Makers” to play again.

Unbelievable Kid drummer

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Very Funny Show!

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Snow Days

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

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